Trademarks to Avoid


DISCLAIMER: THIS IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE. I AM NOT A LAWYER. DO NOT DEPEND ON THIS.

“Cityscapes and close-ups of generic-looking structures may be okay, depending on the situation. Unique or identifiable buildings/structures may not be acceptable as the main focus of an image, regardless of context. Museums, sporting and entertainment venues (both interior and exterior) are not acceptable without a release. As a general rule, places that charge admission fees usually require special permission and fees for commercial photography, which makes them problematic for RF licensing.”
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Trademarks and Logos to Avoid

The following trademarks and associated logos have been flagged by microstock companies as subjects to avoid.

  • Airline codes on arrival and departure boards
  • Airstream trailers
  • Aspirin
  • Barbie dolls
  • Beverly Hills sign
  • Bicycle playing cards
  • Blackberry products
  • Bluetooth
  • Burberry tartan
  • Car logos, including Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, VW
  • CAT (Caterpillar) logo
  • City of London and City of Westminster insignia on street signs
  • Crayola
  • DVD
  • Democratic donkey
  • Emmy award
  • Faber-Castell pencils
  • Ferrari logo and car shapes
  • FDNY
  • FIFA World Cup trophy
  • Garmin GPS products
  • Harley Davidson
  • Hershey’s Kiss
  • Hollywood Sign
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Hot Wheels
  • I “heart” NY
  • John Deere products
  • Lego
  • Levi Strauss jeans
  • ‘Lil Tree Pine Shaped Car Fresheners
  • London Underground sign
  • LTI Taxis London’s classic
  • Major and minor league sports logos and uniforms
  • NYFD
  • NYPD
  • Okanui Hibiscus
  • Olympic athletes, logo and torch
  • Oscar award
  • Pike Place Market sign
  • Red Cross and Red Crescent Emblems (internationally protected symbols)
  • Republican elephant
  • Rubik’s Cube
  • Samsung phones
  • Scrabble
  • Smiley Face icon
  • Superman and DC Comics
  • U.S. Federal Department seals
  • Viewmaster
  • VW logo
  • Wi-Fi

Cars

Not Acceptable:

  • Visible brand names or logos, regardless of the car’s age or model.
  • Cars manufactured after 1985 as the main focus.
  • Luxury cars of any kind or age
  • Exotic cars, regardless of context and size
  • Car lots (dealerships) with several cars of the same model or brand visible.

Acceptable:

  • Cars manufactured in 1985 or earlier, as the main focus or not.
  • Cars manufactured after 1985 that are not luxury cars and are not the main focus of the image, representing less than 20% of the image.
  • Cars as the main focus at certain angles or in certain contexts where they are not recognizable.
  • Exotic cars, regardless of context and size
  • In some cases luxury cars may be acceptable if they play a very minor role in the image, such as traffic shots or street views containing several cars.

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